Slay

Nina Levine
Slay
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Publisher
Amazon Digital
Release Date
November 2014
Series
Book 4 of Storm MC
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Book 4 in the Bestselling Storm MC Series by Nina Levine

BLOOD WILL BE SHED...

The ghosts of Donovan "Blade" Brookes' life are closing in on him.

Hardened by an abusive childhood and haunted by the murder of his fiancé, Blade struggles against the dark forces threatening to consume him. When he helps Layla Reed in her hour of need, he has no idea she will be the light to his darkness. As they spend more time together, he is powerless to fight his desire for her. Powerless to fight his need for her. However, as his feelings deepen, he pushes her away, reluctant to drag her into his world. With enemies coming at him from all directions, Storm MC needing his help to fight off a rival, and his father still causing him grief, Blade needs the love of a good woman now more than ever. Can Layla push Blade to the edge and get him to admit to both of them what he wants? Or will the darkness pull him under once and for all?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Dec 22, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
SLAY, like the other books in the Storm MC series, is on the relatively light side of the gritty/dark spectrum as compared to other MC romances. I think this a great starter series for anyone who wants to try MC romance, but is looking for something with more of a similar feel to a mainstream contemporary suspense romance or who likes their MC romances more on the lighter side of the violence/erotic scale. All that said, the romance and passion between the hero and heroine is well done and I especially loved the hero's alpha protective nature towards the heroine.

For those of you who are wondering whether this book can be read as a standalone, please note that while the romance between the main couple in this story can be read as a standalone, there is some continuation of club business and family relationships, as well as continuing involvement of prior couple relationships. Therefore to appreciate the full effect, this series is best read in order.

Donovan "Blade" Brooks, the bastard son of the Storm MC President, knows what it's like to be abused and neglected. While his father refused to completely abandon him and his mother, he stuck around long enough to abuse and traumatize them when his mood called for it. Otherwise he was generally nonexistent from their lives.

Blade has been planning his revenge on his father for a long time, a plan which his half-brother, the VP of the Storm MC, has been in on. As if that weren't bad enough, Blade has also not completely recovered from the loss of his fiancée, who was brutally raped and murdered by gang-related members. In fact, he still is routinely plagued by horrible nightmares relating to her, and has been unable to move on emotionally to form any form of commitment with any other woman since her. Needless to say, Blade is a man plagued by multiple dark demons.

Then Blade meets Layla Reed. Layla has had her fair share of troubles too. Chief of which is the debt that her business partner, the co-owner of her bar, has saddled her with. When an unsavory character comes demanding payment, she counts her lucky stars that Blade just happens to be sitting at the bar and makes it clear that he has her back. When his altruistic measure, however, leads to feelings that go far beyond friendship, Blade must face his demons and decide whether he will allow Layla to usher him into the light, and allow him to feel once again, or whether he will nip his relationship with Layla in the bud before it has a chance to develop into something more that potentially may drag her into his darkness.

I found SLAY to be a truly enjoyable read. I loved watching Blade's character develop as he became enveloped by Layla's goodness and love. There were also some steamy scenes that definitely amped up the heat level of this read, as well as a decent amount of suspense surrounding the club business to keep me on my toes. All in all, this is a solid contemporary romance suspense series, and I look forward to reading more of Nina Levine's Storm MC series in the future!
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